Spurs to investigate after banned fans obtain illegal tickets
Police ‘contain’ around 200 Red Star supporters ‘We have got long way to go,’ admits captain Kane
Tottenham Hotspur have launched a full investigation into how a group of Red Star Belgrade supporters were able to “illegally obtain” tick
ets to last night’s Champions League match.
Uefa had banned Red Star fans from attending the game after being found guilty of racism in a qualifying match in Finland earlier this year. Tottenham were unable to put tickets for the match on general sale because there were fears that Red Star fans would buy them, leading to a reduced capacity at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
But a group of away supporters, estimated to be around 200, were able to make their way into the ground before congregating in the North Stand. The group was too large to eject, Tottenham said, with police and stewards circling the supporters for most of the match.
“Red Star supporters illegally obtained individual tickets on Level 5 and made their way around to one section of the stadium in order to congregate as a group,” said a Tottenham spokesman. “Stewards and police contained the group as it was too large a number to eject. We have launched a full investigation in order to understand how tickets have been acquired. We shall take the strongest possible action against any individual found to have sold their ticket on.”
Tottenham produced one of their best team performances for months as two goals each from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, with another from Erik Lamela, sealed an emphatic 5-0 victory.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side face Liverpool this weekend and came into this game with just three wins from 12 games this season, and with only three victories from the last nine matches at their new stadium.
“It was exactly what we needed to do,” said Kane, who has now scored 15 goals in 15 games for club and country this season. “We have had a tough run of results and that was the perfect way to respond.
“We wanted to come out of the blocks and press high. Of course we needed to score early on, but we were ruthless in front of goal and got the clean sheet as well. The most important thing was the win. To win 5-0 was exactly what we needed.
“We have got a long way to go. Hopefully we can build on this. Liverpool is a tough game coming up, obviously they have started the season fantastic, but hopefully we can win that game.”
The victory marks a major step towards qualification for Tottenham, who are now second in their group behind runaway leaders Bayern Munich.
“It was an important result for both things. One, for our confidence and another because to have three points is very important,” said Pochettino.
“I feel good because we are starting to see it is only time that we need to discover and recover our best feelings and to build the confidence.
We need to go step by step and be solid again – that is the first step to regain our confidence and perform in the way that we expect.”
Pochettino joked that he will be giving his players a day off tomorrow to “stop all the rumours” of the team being tired from the demands of his intensive training sessions.
Asked if he is now happy with the dynamic of his squad, Pochettino said: “I am not happy, and not unhappy. I am facing the situation, how the situation is.
“I think it is a great moment to grow, to be more mature, and of course this type of situation must help us to be stronger in the future, for sure.”